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The NextMarket Report — Mesh

Smart Home Weekly: Bluetooth Mesh, Smart Kitchen, Xiaomi, Echo, Pebble, Icontrol

Mike Wolf Bluetooth HomeKit Icontrol Kevo Kwikset Mesh Pebble smart lock smart watch smartwatch SXSW Unikey Xiaomi

It's been one of those weeks in smart home where, while there were no big in-your-face smart home announcements, there were plenty of important developments on if you knew where to look. And that's what we did here for you in the Smart Home Weekly for the week of March 2, 2015. Before we get into it, just a couple things to mention: If you're going to SXSW, make sure to stop by our smart home panel (the only official smart home panel at SXSW) and RSVP for the smart home party I'm throwing after with the folks from the Z-Wave Alliance.  Subscribe...

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Bluetooth Goes Mesh

Mike Wolf Bluetooth Mesh

Last week, the Bluetooth SIG announced on Tuesday the formation of the mesh working group, ending the long speculation about when the standards body would take on the technology.It was good timing for me since I was scheduled to head out to Kirkland the following day to meet with a few of the SIG's key execs in Mark Driscoll, the Executive Director of the SIG, Steve Hegenderfer, Director of Developer Programs, and Errett Kroeter, Senior Director of Marketing for the SIG. I knew with this group in the room, I could fire away with questions about mesh and the future of...

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Bluetooth SIG Forms Mesh Working Group

Mike Wolf Bluetooth Mesh

I've been writing about the rise of the Bluetooth smart home for some time, and the key missing piece has been the addition of mesh networking to the core spec. Sure, CSR has had silicon (and recently expanded their home automation features), but for a technology to get widely adopted it needs to be in the core spec. It looks like the Bluetooth SIG has heard our pleas because today they announced the formation of a Bluetooth Smart Mesh Working Group.  This just crossed the wire, and I happen to be heading over the the Bluetooth SIG HQ tomorrow (they're in my...

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Smart Home Weekly (10/18/14): Bluetooth Smart Home, August/Danalock Shipping, Oort, CSR

Mike Wolf August Bluetooth CSR Danalock Mesh Oort Qualcomm Smart lock

Another week in smart home has wrapped up, and much of this week's news has as much to do about what wasn't announced as what was. That's because Apple's October 16th event came and went and we are still without a new Apple TV.  I bemoaned this fact on Twitter, and someone responded suggesting that Apple will likely have an Apple TV/HomeKit event early in 2015. Maybe, but I think if the company wants its partners to bang the HomeKit drum at CES (Apple doesn't beat any drums at CES, wisely choosing to create their own "news" with special events),...

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